Cahide Akkuzu

Cahide Akkuzu, MCC, ORSC
Founder of Context Professionals
Master Certified Coach, Team Coach, Leadership Development Consultant, Deep Democracy Instructor

‘I fully believe in the capacity and resourcefulness of people. I am passionate about supporting people to reach their goals through breaking past their own limits’

I grew up in Germany and returned to İstanbul to study at Bosphorous University leaving all my family back. My family always adviced two things: ‘Study to become a respected person!’ and ‘Work hard and survive!’. Looking back at my life now, I see that these advices have been an important guide to me.

As advised, I studied, and actually I am still continuously studying, learning and discovering. I have an ever lasting passion for learning, the more I learn the more I discover. I love sharing what I learn. My passion is to support people that are on their own learning and development journey. I love to be productive, to create new things, to have a positive impact on other peoples lives, and to make the world a better place to live.

Also as adviced, I worked very hard, all my life! I advanced in my career rather quickly, got exhausted, questioned my life, and took a decision for a new path. Here I am today through my passion for learning and working hard. I feel happy and fulfilled, I love my work, I love what I am doing. I am inspired by people that I meet, people that I learn from, colleagues that I work with and people & organizations that I serve. Each project, each assignment, each development program and each coaching client is an exciting new journey for me. I passionately continue to work hard!

I am an executive coach and a consultant for leadership and organizational development with total 25 years professional experience in various sales, marketing, strategy and senior executive management roles. In 2014 I founded Context Professionals Corporate Coaching & Consulting with the passion to support leaders and organizations to achieve extraordinary business results. I provide this support through designing and delivering leadership and organizational development programs, through team coaching, through executive coaching, through executive mentoring and through leadership consultancy. I am a certified Zenger Folkman Consultant and facilitate the Zenger Folkman Extraordinary Leadership Program. I am a certified Deep Democracy İnstructor, I am training leaders on how to become more inclusive and effective using practical tools for understanding group dynamics, collaborative decision making and conflict resolution. I am also faculty at the Gestalt Center for Coaching and also faculty in Dost Can Deniz ‘Mastering Executive Coaching Program’. Also, as a member of the coaching team of the San Francisco based company BetterUp, I coach C-level professionals from all around the world.

I graduated from Boğaziçi University, my professional career started in 1989 at Bilkom/Apple Computer, I was General Manager of Xerox Turkey and spent also 2 years in London managing marketing operations for Xerox MEA&India&Russia regions. At mobile operator Avea I managed sales to corporate and public customers, I was General Manager of Turkey’s leading systems integration company Datateknik. At Yıldız Holding I was General Manager for Corporate Strategy, in this role I was responsible to develop strategic plans for the businesses like Chocolate, Beverages, Godiva, and Ülker International.

Towards my aim to support organizations I went through an intense self-development growth path while at the same time serving my clients to break past their own limits. I am an accredited Master Certified Coach (MCC) of the International Coach Federation and I have 4500+ hours of coaching experience. I am a Mastery graduate of the Gestalt Coaching Program, I also completed various other coaching programs towards coaching organizations, relationships, groups and executives. Besides the formal coaching training I have attended various workshops and trainings in Spain, Italy, South Africa, Greece and Turkey.

I design and deliver leadership and organizational development programs, and deliver coaching services in Turkish, English and German.

My Professional Business Experience

  • Context Professionals – Corporate Coaching & Consulting – Owner – since May 2014
  • Umur Printing – General Manager – from 2012 to 2014
  • Yıldız Holding – General Manager for Corporate Strategy – from 2011 to 2012
  • Yıldız Holding – Datateknik General Manager – from 2008 to 2010
  • Avea – Corporate Sales Director – from 2004-2008
  • Xerox MEIRA Region – various executive sales & marketing positions including General Manager for Turkey – from 1995 to 2004
  • Bilkom/Apple Computer –various positions incl. Sales Manager – from 1989 to 1995


My Education, Training Courses & Certificates

  • ACTP Training Program – Gestalt Center for Coaching
  • Path of Mastery Training Program – Gestalt Center for Coaching
  • Group Coaching Training Program – Gestalt Center for Coaching
  • CTI Co-Active Leadership Program – CRR Global (10 month program in Spain)
  • Organization Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC) Fundamentals, Intelligence, Geography, Path & Integration Training Series –CRR Global
  • Advanced Transactional Analysis Training – Advanced Transactional Analysis Professional Award (TAPDA) awarded by the International Center for Developmental Transactional Analysis
  • Zenger Folkman Certification – The Extraordinary Leadership Program Facilitation Training
  • Deep Democracy ‘The Lewis Method’ – facilitative method for transformation and change (Level1-2-3-4)
  • Deep Democracy – CoResolve Leadership Training – Instructor Accreditation Program
  • Immunity to Change ‘The Change Course’ by Minds at Work (Robert Kegan & Lisa Lahey)
  • Conscious Business Coaching Training Program – Fred Kofman
  • Leadership Development Program – INSEAD
  • Awareness IQ for Presence – Dorothy Siminovitch PhD MCC
  • Coaching with Creative Expressive Arts Techniques–Increa&Inspiro
  • Coaching The Organization & The Leader–Marefidelis/Dost Can Deniz MCC
  • Coming Back to Center Workshop South Africa – Boondocks
  • Coming Back to Center Workshop Tuscany – Montebelli
  • The Breakthrough Thinking Workshop – JAL Consulting Athens
  • Attended various training programs for leadership & professional development during her tenure at Bilkom/Apple Computer, Xerox, Avea and Yıldız Holding
  • Boğaziçi University – Faculty of Education/TESL


My Areas of Expertise in Coaching

Executive Coaching
Team Coaching
Organizational Development
Leadership Development
Relationship Coaching


My Expertise in Coaching, Leadership & Organizational Development Topics

Change Management
Conflict Management
Organizational Alignment and Engagement
Building Shared Commitment
Building Collaboration
Performance Management
Leadership Presence


My Memberships

International Coach Federation Global
International Coach Federation Turkey Chapter
European Mentoring and Couching Council (EMCC Turkey)
IWD – Independent Woman Directors
TurkishWIN – Turkish Woman International Network
Yenibirlider – Association for Development of Young Professional Talent
BÜMED – Bosphorous University Graduates Association